Nadia Lalla

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Taubman Health Sciences Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0726
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Assistant Director, Collections and Information Services


I am responsible for the selection and acquisition of the Taubman Health Sciences Library (THL) digital and print collections in support of the research, educational, and clinical needs of its primary clientele.  My research interests include the evolving nature of e-collections in academic libraries and their impact on future scholarship.  

As the Assistant Director of Collections and Information Services, I also lead and manage the reference, operations, technical services, and access activities of the THL Information Services staff.  


I have over two decades of increasing responsibility in collection development, reference services, and instruction.  These experiences have been primarily in academic libraries including the University's Shapiro Undergraduate Library as well as the Taubman Health Sciences Library.  I also have experience as a solo librarian for a non-profit organization (11 years) and as an independent information professional and library consultant (15 years).

I am active in the Medical Library Association (MLA) as a member of the Professional Retention and Recruitment Committee (incoming chair) and the Collection Development Section's Membership Committee (chair).  I serve on the Policy and Advocacy Committee of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) and the Health and Medical Reference Committee of the Reference and User Services Association's (RUSA) Reference Services Section.  I am the Treasurer of the Metropolitan Detroit Medical Library Group.  Other professional activities include resource reviews for Choice.

My educational background includes a Master of Library and Information Studies from McGill University and a B.A. from the University of New Brunswick. I recently completed the Association of Research Libraries Leadership and Career Development Program.

Selected Publications & Presentations (2010-present)
Lalla, N.  (2014) Sustainable Funding Models for Mobile Resource Development in Academic Health Sciences Libraries.   American Library Association Annual Meeting.  Las Vegas, NV. 

Blumenthal, J., Mani, N.S., Song, J., Lalla, N. (2014). Library Diaspora: How We Lost Our Walls and Nobody Noticed.  Medical Library Association Annual Meeting (MLA), Chicago, IL. 

Glynn, L., Sakmar K., Lalla, N., Berry R., Kim C., Geidenhuys P., Lawton A., Siebert J., McClurg C., Clemans-Taylor, L., Gadd K., Ettien, A.  (2014)  The Value To and Impact of Health Sciences Libraries and Information Services on Academic and Clinical Practice:  A Systematic Review.  MLA Chicago, IL.

Allee, N. J., Blumenthal, J., Jordan, K., Lalla, N., Lauseng, D., Rana, G., Saylor, K., & Song, J. (2014)  One institution's experience in transforming the health sciences library of the future. Medical Reference Services Quarterly,.  33(1),1.

Lalla, Nadia J.  "Nursing Education in Video."  JMLA:  Journal of the Medical Library Association (2013).  101 (1): 81-82. doi:10.3163/1536-5050.101.1.01.

Lalla, N.; Kerby, E.; Lauseng, D.  (2013) Analyze This!  An Iterative Analysis of Reference Statistics.  American Library Association 2013 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Shannon, C.; Lalla, N.  (2013) Online Education at the Point of Need:  Growing a Video Program in a Time of Change and Constraints.  MLA Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Banionis, J.; Lalla, N.  (2013) Moving Towards Patron-Driven Journal Packages – A Case Study.  Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference, Austin, TX.  

Lalla, Nadia J.  (2012) "E-Book Publishing -- The View from the Library."  In Building and Managing E-Book Collections:  A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians.  Ed. Richard Kaplan.  Chicago:  Neal Schuman.  p. 23-35.

Kerby, E.; Lalla, N; Lauseng, D.. (2012) Planning a Strategic Lineup for the Delivery of Effective Reference Services.  MLA 2012 Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.

Lalla, N. (2011) “The Medical Library Association Guide to Managing Health Care Libraries.” JAMA.  306(3):322. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1009

Lalla, N.; Perorazio, A.; and Shannon, C. (2011) Instant Access – Using Technology to Bridge the Access Gap at the Library. Midwest MLA Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN. 

Lalla, N.; Shannon, C.; and Flynn, C. (2011) We Built It Ourselves … From Scratch -- How to Grow an Idea Into a Mobile App. Midwest MLA  Annual Conference.

Lalla, N. (2011) How to Make a Mobile App When You Have No Clue What You’re Doing.  Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association (MHSLA) 2011 Annual Conference, Frankenmuth, MI.

Lalla, N. and Hanley, S. (2011)  How Not to Be A Crash Test Dummy:  Lessons in Survival From the Rust Belt.  MLA 2011 Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Lalla, N.  (2010)  "A Review of 'The Kovacs Guide to Electronic Library Collection Development:  Essential Core Subject Collections, Selection Criteria, and Guidelines. 2nd ed. Kovacs, Diane K.'."  Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries.  7(3):  266-268.

Lalla, N.  (2010) Collection Fitness:  How the UM Health Sciences Library is Becoming 'Healthier'.  MHSLA Annual Conference, East Lansing, MI.

Lalla, N.  (2010)  The Great Unknown [A Brief History of the Taubman Health Sciences Library].  MHSLA Annual Conference, East Lansing, MI.

Lalla, N. (2010)  There Are So Many Numbers ... [A How-To on Usages Statistics for E-Resources.]   ALA Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

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